Shrove Tuesday sees the annual pancake day race taking place in my home town, Olney. It is the original pancake race dating back to 1455 when allegedly, one of the ladies in the town was late for the ‘Shriving’ service and ran to the church with her frying pan in her hand and was greeted by the verger with a kiss. The same reward applies now but with some added goodies these days. There are many pancake races all over the country now and across the world it seems, even in Liberal, Kansas, USA. There is annual friendly rivalry between the two towns to see who can do the distance in the quickest time. There were representatives of Liberal in attendance this year and one their children ran in the same schoolchildren’s event, on a shorter course, as my granddaughter Ruby. One year Ruby’s mother and my daughter Kerry competed and finished very highly placed ! (In the grown ups event that is)
Here are a few pictures from todays event starting with a clip from the ITV Daybreak programme yesterday morning, live from the Market Place.
You can see it has developed into quite a big event now.